Philanthropy Now podcast: Strengthening Community Trust in Policing in San Jose, Part 1

In SVCF's Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Episode 14 is a two-part podcast that covers the highlights of a dynamic event held on Jan. 21, 2017 – the Community Trust in Policing Forum, held at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose. The event was a collaboration between SVCF and the San Francisco 49ers and featured speeches, panel discussions and group sessions that allowed our community to debate the status of trust in policing in our community. 

In Part 1, we hear from Walter Katz, independent police auditor of San Jose; Sam Liccardo, mayor of the City of San Jose; Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers; Emmett Carson, CEO and president of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation; and Chief Eddie Garcia of the San Jose Police Department. 

Part 1 also features a discussion with a panel of community leaders: Panteha Saban, deputy public defender in Santa Clara County; Priya Murthy, policy and advocacy director for SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network); Peter Ortiz, East San Jose native and school board member for Mount Pleasant School District in San Jose; and Jesus Ruiz, from People Acting in Community Together (PACT).

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SVCF's CEO and President Emmett Carson spoke at the Community Trust in Policing Forum in San Jose. Other speakers were, from left, Jed York, Walter Katz, San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco, and Sam Liccardo.


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Chief Eddie Garcia from the San Jose Police Department 



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From left: Dr. Harry Edwards, Torrey Smith and Dr. William Armaline


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From left: Chandra Brooks, Austin Swift, Regina Alexander, Russell Bloom and Walter Katz


Part 2 features the second half of the day's events. We will start the podcast by hearing parts of a panel discussion featuring moderator Dr. William Armaline, director of the San Jose State University human rights program; Torrey Smith, philanthropist and former wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers; and Dr. Harry Edwards, sociologist and founder of the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change at San Jose State University. Walter Katz, then independent police auditor of San Jose (who has since moved to a new position as the Independent Police Auditor of Chicago), describes the role of his office in overseeing complaints against the city's police department.  

We move to another panel discussion with Regina Alexander from PACT; Russell Bloom, the independent police auditor for BART; Chandra Brooks, a Santa Clara County commissioner and member of the California Police Transparency Coalition; and Austin Swift, program manager at Finally, we wrap up with a few words from SVCF CEO and President Emmett Carson. 

What you will learn

  • Stories from community leaders about their experiences with police.
  • Why indepedent oversight agencies are so important for fostering trust between the community and the police force.
  • What progress has been made in the San Jose police department under Chief Garcia's leadership. 
  • Statistics about the imprisonment of people of color and the effect this has on our communities.
  • Why we need to organize to pass local legislation that improves the transparency of our police departments.
  • Ideas for improving the relationship between police and the communities they are meant to protect. 

Resources from this episode

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